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Office Depot to Close Deerfield Store

No date set for doors to shut.

became the second retailer in April to announced plans to close a Deerfield location in the vicinity of Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads, according to store personnel Monday.

No date has been set for the closing, according to store personnel, but a person was standing in front of the Waukegan Road store with a sandwich board advertising a sale arising from the news, according to people driving by the location.

Calls to Office Depot’s corporate office in Florida Monday were not returned. Employees were given the news Friday.

Best Buy announced April 14 its store at Deerbrook Mall would be closing in August. Another large Deerbrook store, y. Office Depot stands next to the former Borders, which was shuttered last year.

Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal was disappointed with the news but not shocked. She felt the combination of competition with Office Max across the street in Deerbrook and internet availability of office supplies were to blame.

“I’m not surprised,” Rosenthal said. “It’s very difficult for two competitive stores opposite each other to stay in business. It’s sad for Deerfield.”

Both Rosenthal and people affiliated with Deerbrook are taking action. Deerbrook told Patch last week giving each location an outside entrance.

After plans were announced to turn the former Borders and the structure that housed George’s What’s Cooking into medical office buildings, Rosenthal asked Village Manager Kent Street to see what could be done to maintain Deerfield’s sales tax revenue. .

Bringin' Down Briarwood May 01, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Hi Steve: Thanks for keeping this topic front and center. It's important. It would seem newsworthy to dig into this statement from Mayor Rosenthal: “Staff and I have been working actively with ownership on a long term effort to reinvigorate that shopping center ... We expect a letter of intent detailing a strategic multi phased approach on this key property in the next few weeks.” Any chance you can dig up some details on the definition of the "next few weeks?" I'd also be curious to know how the village is actively participating in the planning. What clear steps is the village taking, aside from the developer? Or are they simply waiting for the "letter of intent." Also, what is the legal obligation of a "letter of intent?"
Bringin' Down Briarwood May 01, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Also, Steve ... I'd love to hear what the congressman has to say about this. Has the village talked to anybody at the state or federal levels?
barry May 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
It seems to me our as mayor, a given is the mayor's role must also be to act as AMBASSADOR on behalf of the community as a whole, and as AMBASSADOR certainly an invite to developers as a group, or individually for a presentation and tour of the MANY opportunities Deerfield has to offer and then TAKE THEM OUT TO LUNCH somewhere. In other wards, as mayor and ambassador .....TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS the way business is done.
barry May 02, 2012 at 01:05 PM
....or take them golfing. Or have someone take somebody golfing....and on the 18th hole ask them to expand to Deerfield. Unless they are a bank. Enough golfing with bankers!
TJ May 03, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Barnes and Noble is having trouble nationwide. A bankruptcy reorganization wouldn't be surprising. So, when they start closing stores all around the US make sure and blame the Mayor. It's her fault right? A lot of you seem to have a lot of extra time. So, maybe all of you should run for Mayor or quit griping.

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